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Published: Thursday, Nov. 10 2011 7:48 p.m. MST

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CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

This game will tell us a lot about the new look Cougs! Hopefully, the front line will be as dominant as expected, and the guards will limit turnovers and play tough D. If so, we could steal a W in Logan. I wish this game was being play two month from now. I think the Cougs will be a lot better team by mid season, after they've played some games together.

@Chris B - before you post your hatred for the Cougs one more time, please let us know why the Utes are not playing the Agggies this year.

AggieForever
RIVERTON, UT

That's a fine byu game day article...but where's the AGGIE game day article?

metamoracoug
metamora, IL

CougfanTX: I agree that this team is still in the process of learning to play together. USU is not a good opening game. While I hope it will be close, I don't expect the cougs to pull off the win on the Aggies home floor. But as always, Coach Rose will have them playing at their best when conference play begins. Although picked third by the media, I expect them to take the conference crown.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

I too wish this game were in 2 months because Stew will have them playing very well by then. Both clubs have 9-10 new guys so it is even no matter what. The big bonus is it is at the Spectrum where the young guys for byu will be in for a real treat. Ags by 7 69-62

Aggieblueblood
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, UT

Go Aggies... A lot of new faces for the aggies and they will be a lot better as well a month from now. Occupy the spectrum will be in full force.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Two very good programs with two fabulous coaches. Morrill is really an under- appreciated coach in college basketball. And BYU is very fortunate to have Rose. I have so much respect for both. Should be a great game.

sportsman44
MIDWAY, UT

KCSG? what station is that? is that a local station that I can get with a digital box?

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

Too many changes for both teams to call this one. The odds makers favor USU by 1.5. Two things we do know. Both teams will be well coached and that the pandemonium in the Spectrum will rock like there's no tomorrow.

Go Big Blue!!!

TJ
Eagle Mountain, UT

Two teams who have changed a great deal from last year. USU will rely more on guard play this year and BYU will rely more on their big men. Both big changes from last year. I expect some sloppy play, a lot of turnovers, a lower scoring game(60's) and for the intensity to be through the roof. Still, they are by far the best two teams in the state, this year and for the last decade and it should be a real battle.

Duh
west jordan, ut

The good thing about this game is that BYU is expected to lose so if we do, then so be it but if BYU wins then its egg in the face again for Utah State.

CBPapa
Cedar Hills, UT

To sportsman44
KCSG is on these channels: Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Channel 44, Dish Network Channel 37

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

CougFaninTX,

I wish we were playing USU. However, we are playing programs like UCLA, Arizona, USC and we just dont have many openings for non-AQ's.

With that said - I'm not saying Utah will be any good this year.

The difference though between byu and Utah?

When Utah is has a good year - it's fighting for a national championship
When byu has a good year - its ending the season ranked.

This applies football as well.

In recent past, Utah has made several final four runs, a trip to the championship game, 2 undefeated football seasons, 2 BCS wins, a #2 final ranking.

In recent past, byu has a single sweet 16 appearance, 0 undefeated football seasons, 0 BCS game, 0 BCS wins.

When Utah has an up year in either sport - we're relevant nationally.

When byu has an up year in either sport - you can claim state supremacy for that year.

Big difference

Big big big difference

Big 12 call yet?

VAggie
Bristow, United States

@ Chris B,
Is kind of hard to claim "no openings" when you play San Diego Christian College.
And if you're going to lose to Division 2 teams, you'd kill our RPI anyway.
This game will be intense,should be a toss up. The only reason the Aggies should be favored (at all)is location. Other than that, this one is too close to call.

International Cougar Fan
Tacoma, WA

Chris B,

If the utes are so great, why do you spend every hour of the day reading and commenting on BYU sports articles? I know you wish you were a BYU fan.

Superzero
Farmington, UT

I honestly see BYU as having the competitive edge in this game. Sure they have some new faces but USU has even more. The home crowd should inspire the young USU team and make it a exciting game. I think this will be a very hard fought game, but I think BYU could potentially take advantage of the situation and steal a game in the Spectrum this year. I guess we will see and I hope to be proved wrong. Go Aggies!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

@International Cougar,

We as Utah fans can call it like it is. That is the difference.

Our football team had some big struggles this year and this year will go down as "Tough start to Pac 12 play, great finish. Destroyed byu. Overall OK(not great) year"

We also can have confidence in future BCS games as we've already been there, done that, TWICE!

Likewise our basketball team will get worked this year and it will take coach K a couple years to get to the top of the Pac 12.

Now let's consider byu fans.....

Football from byu fan's perspective

"Utah game was a fluke"
"Texas got lucky"
"TCU was fluke"

No rational thinking in admitting you got worked by the only 3 good teams you played all year.

You will finish the season beating nobodies and convince yourself you have a BCS/National Championship shot in the offseason.

Sports Nutz
Smithfield, UT

Pane will be the difference in the game. He can get to the basket anytime he wants and he will have the bigs from byu in foul trouble. Can't wait to get to the game! GO AGGIES.........

Jaycee over Jimmer
CORONA, CA

This is going to be a very close game. If there is one wildcard its the fact that this game is being played in the Spectrum.

CougFaninTX
Frisco, TX

@Chris B
No room for an in-state non-conference rival, but plenty of room for Adams State, San Diego Christian, Montana St, Idaho St and Portland? Come on, admit it, Utes were looking for some non-conference teams that they might be able to compete with and they knew they couldn't compete with the Aggies. Although, if the Utes got beat by Adams State at home, I'm not sure who they can beat this year.

To answer your assertion, here's football from a real BYU fan's perspective . . . we're still a work in progress. We're not as good as I thought we'd be.

We were competitive against TX and TCU. If one or two plays had gone differently, we had a chance of beating TX. Against TCU, our punting game collapsed. We outplayed TCU in every offensive category, but gave up important field position. Against U, I offer no excuses other than to say the game got away from us. I'd love a "do over" with Nelson as the QB though if you think you can arrange it?

I wouldn't be surprised if the Y returns the favor and beats U at BB by 44 points next month.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

I think it is to USU's advantage not to play utah this year. Not because utah would have a snowballs chance in you know where of beating USU but because USU really doesn't need anymore RPI killers on its schedule. If USU beats BYU their RPI is increased and it is a great win. If USU beats utah their RPI actually drops and it is no more relevent a win than beating the other weakest team on USU's schedule.

Playing utah in basketball really holds no value for USU or BYU other than the easy and guaranteed victory gives the fans of both schools an amusing little thing to humiliate utah "fans" with for a few days. But of course after a few days BYU and USU fans simply move on because there is no real accomplishment to speak of in beating utah. Unlike when utah beat BYU this year in football because that actually means something so utah "fans" will be bringing it up for years.

Just the difference between being a program of relevence and one that simply wishes it was.

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